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Herbert's Huddle: A dive into local Week 1 high school football matchups

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published August 28, 2019

 Members of the Utica Eisenhower football team huddle during a recent practice. The Eagles open the regular season with Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice at Wayne State.

Members of the Utica Eisenhower football team huddle during a recent practice. The Eagles open the regular season with Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice at Wayne State.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

 From left to right, lineman Tim Anderson, quarterback Carter Farris and slot back Anthony Patritto are pictured at a recent Rochester Adams football practice. All three players are returning starters and are expected to play key roles for the Highlanders this season.

From left to right, lineman Tim Anderson, quarterback Carter Farris and slot back Anthony Patritto are pictured at a recent Rochester Adams football practice. All three players are returning starters and are expected to play key roles for the Highlanders this season.

Photo by Donna Agusti

 Royal Oak High running back Earle Weaver carries the ball in a recent scrimmage against Birmingham Groves. The Ravens finished last season with a 5-4 record.

Royal Oak High running back Earle Weaver carries the ball in a recent scrimmage against Birmingham Groves. The Ravens finished last season with a 5-4 record.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

The wait is over. After a long offseason, football will once again return to high schools across the state. 

Following is a breakdown of three high profile games on the Week 1 slate.

 

Two Storied Programs

Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice vs. Utica Eisenhower - 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at Wayne State

This will be the first matchup between these two programs. The Warriors are coming off their third consecutive 7-4 season and third consecutive playoff appearance. The Eagles are coming off a 6-4 season that saw them win the last three games of their season to clinch a fifth straight playoff berth. Look for the defenses to be at the forefront of this game as both were stout a year ago. In 10 games played, the Eisenhower defense allowed an average of 19.6 points per game while the Rice defense 17.9 in 11 games played.

 

Crosstown Showdown

Rochester High vs. Rochester Adams - 7 p.m. 

This Friday night’s game will be the 49th all-time matchup between the two schools. The Highlanders are 34-14 against Rochester and narrowly escaped last year’s matchup with a 28-27 win on opening weekend. Adams brings back its top quarterback/slot back duo of Carter Farris and Anthony Patritto. The Falcons will look to defuse that attack with defensive backs Jordan Meacham, Paul Miller, Ian Carroll and Jeremy Hessian.

 

Battle of the Blues

St. Clair Shores Lakeview at Royal Oak High - 7 p.m. Aug. 29

Royal Oak, of the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, and Lakeview, of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division, have opened the regular season for the past three seasons. The Huskies hold a 2-1 advantage in the series including a 21-9 win last season. A matchup to lookout for in this game will be the Lakeview offense against the Royal Oak defense. The Ravens had two shutouts a season ago and averaged 18 points per game during the regular season. In 11 games played last season, the Lakeview offense put up 259 total points and scored over 35 points in three separate games.

Schedule information courtesy of www.MHSAA.com. Historical data provided by www.Michigan-Football.com